Riots erupt after `Idol’ slur

first_imgBy Manik Banerjee THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CALCUTTA, India – An angry mob set vehicles ablaze in riots after a radio host made derogatory comments about the winner of the TV show “Indian Idol,” officials said Saturday. More than 60 people were injured. The violence broke out Friday. Supporters of Prashant Tamang, the recent winner of the TV singing competition, took to the streets of the town of Siliguri to protest what they perceived as a radio show host’s ethnic slur against Tamang, said state police official R.J.S. Nalwa. Tamang is an Indian citizen of Nepalese origin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The protesters apparently blocked a road and refused to let an ambulance carrying a patient pass. Police intervened, firing guns and tear gas and using batons in self-defense, said Nalwa. Twelve police officers were among the injured, he said. In a message to fans, Tamang called for peace, saying, “violence has no place in song or music.”last_img read more

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